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Is there anyone who can help me setup my suspension?

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    Is there anyone who can help me setup my suspension?


    My suspension on my 02 SV is still set the way cycles128 left it and I am pretty sure that they didn't set it up for a 6'4" 220 lb guy... Anyone know how to change fork oil? Supposedly one of the best ways to get some extra firmness in the front forks is to move from the 5W water suzuki installs to 20W. I live in framingham, any suspension gurus out there who can help me get things setup the right way and maybe even 'explain' things a little to me? I will gladly pay you in beer! Or use of tools or whatever suits your fancy...


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    Is there anyone who can help me setup my suspension?

    A while ago we had a "suspension day", and there was a guy about your size who had an 02 SVS, and the stock sag was actually OK for him.

    A lot of the complaints on the SV mailing list, etc.. are people who are looking for a way to modify their bike, whether they actually need to change the suspension or not. Ask RandyO to show you his scraped exhaust pipe on his SV that still has the stock suspension...

    I don't know your level of riding, but unless you're riding at the track and are quite good the stock setup is probably OK.

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    Is there anyone who can help me setup my suspension?

    The only thing that bugs me is that when getting hard on the brakes i get quite alot of nose dive... my riding skill is certainly the first thing I am working on improving, but i figured that for just a few bucks maybe i could eliminate some of that dive.

    I do notice that on other bikes i have rode on, it does not feel nearly as 'divy' when i pull a good handful of front brake.

    Primarily what I would like to know is whether or not the suspension is set right for my size, and how to check that etc.

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    Is there anyone who can help me setup my suspension?

    Chuck is the man to talk to about suspension setting. He has done extensive research on the subject. Nowadays the best place to find him is probably Motomarket on Thursday nights or post here.

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    Is there anyone who can help me setup my suspension?

    Ya might want to get a second opinion from Ed (pinhead). How's your suspension Ed?

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    Is there anyone who can help me setup my suspension?

    I to wish to nominate a second king of suspension tuning!! Degs, you rock, baby!! On the way home Sunday, I noticed what the road was doing!!!

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    well heck, i could ride to anyones place

    that was willing to take a look at how the bike is currently setup... I found some good materials on changing out the fork oil, so I think I can manage that one by myself, but if someone could just go over what i can set on the SV with me and how to figure out if its set right, that would be great.

    I may run over to motomkt and see if chuck is there and see if he can at least explain some of this shtuff to me.

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    Is there anyone who can help me setup my suspension?

    sounds like we need another SUSPENSION DAY

    anyone interested? If noones interested, then I'll just head up to the track on the next race day and see if I can't find someone to help me out

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    Is there anyone who can help me setup my suspension?

    i'm interested, i know the static stuff, but i need help setting it.

    the only problem for me is i have a lot of traveling to do in the coming month. (sucks!)

    so plan it for Sept.

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    Is there anyone who can help me setup my suspension?

    Hohum,
    are you heading to the DTE show in Worchester on Saturday? If so bring your tools to adjust your suspension,
    Cameron same goes for you. There will be enough people in one place to take care of it. I'll bring the mesuring tape.

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    Is there anyone who can help me setup my suspension?

    yup, i'll be there All the tools i should need should be in my handy dandy toolkit, no?

    If so, thats always in the tail for those long trips to VT when anything and everything can go wrong

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    Is there anyone who can help me setup my suspension?

    The SV is short on adjustments, Just rebound in the front I believe. This was put on the 2002 SV's and not the earlier ones.
    You may have to go with springs that are rated a little heavier for you too. Oil visc change, and valving changes will do the trick.
    as for the ass end, you are stuck with spring preload and nothing else. There are aftermarket shocks available for the SV. It all depends on how you ride.

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    Is there anyone who can help me setup my suspension?

    The SV is short on adjustments, Just rebound in the front I believe. This was put on the 2002 SV's and not the earlier ones.

    No, the new (2002) SV's did not get rebound adjustment they got a preload adjuster, I just ordered some for mine, along with progressive springs and all the pieces to rebuild my forks

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    Is there anyone who can help me setup my suspension?

    Originally posted by RandyO
    The SV is short on adjustments, Just rebound in the front I believe. This was put on the 2002 SV's and not the earlier ones.

    No, the new (2002) SV's did not get rebound adjustment they got a preload adjuster, I just ordered some for mine, along with progressive springs and all the pieces to rebuild my forks
    Ok, Making a note.......SV has only preload.....

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    Is there anyone who can help me setup my suspension?

    TLRman, it looks like you finally got a picture of YOUR tlr for the avatar... but that doesn't look like your wife or kids standing in front of her?!?!?!

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    Is there anyone who can help me setup my suspension?

    who cares?

    me likey.
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    Talking nice toy

    Originally posted by oreo_n2
    TLRman, it looks like you finally got a picture of YOUR tlr for the avatar... but that doesn't look like your wife or kids standing in front of her?!?!?!
    looks like u got that suspension, set up for me i could ride her

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    Re: nice toy

    Originally posted by beet
    looks like u got that suspension, set up for me i could ride her

    What the fuck did you say????

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